Presenting: Giant Steps
I am a freelance professional musician (acoustic and electric bass) and I perform regularly around Perth with a variety of different groups, and in a variety of different musical styles though jazz is certainly one my main loves. I enjoy travelling and try do this as much as possible, whether in a musical context (ie. tours with groups etc) or just for fun.
How did you become involved?
I’ve listened to RTR for years… especially the jazz shows. Late one night whilst in Rotto with schoolmates (yes it was THAT long ago) I remember hearing some crazy music on RTR’s late night jazz show Round Midnight. I remembered the name of the track (See-Saw by bassist Dave Holland) which really piqued my interest, from then on I started to listen to RTR on a regular basis.
Years later, someone asked a friend of mine if he could think of anyone who might be interested in presenting a modern jazz radio show on RTR. Quick as a flash, Chris Wright (Giant Steps co-ordinator) was on the phone before I had time to come up with a good excuse.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
A difficult choice of course, as my favourite albums tend to rotate a lot… at the moment I’d say D’Angelo ‘Voodoo’, Frank Zappa ‘Hot Rats’, Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’, Jimi Hendrix ‘Electric Ladyland’ and Brad Mehldau ‘House on Hill’
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Life is so busy these days so I really enjoy the luxury of just sitting and listening to music for a couple of hours. Also I enjoy playing crazy (but good) stuff that I hope will be new to someone listening… See-Saw still gets a run every now and then.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Don’t know if this qualifies as strange, or just coincidental, but I love it when the beginning of one track blends seamlessly (harmonically speaking) with the ending of the previous track, it’s happened a few times- now if I can just remember what the tracks were
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
I have fairly broad musical interests so it’s hard to pick just one, but in terms of presenting another show, my music collection would probably cope with Global Rhythm Pot, Black and Blue, Soulsides, Saturday Jazz or Difficult Listening.
What do you do in real life?
Play gigs, compose music, teach bass at WAAPA and run JAZZWA (General Manager).